Kent R. Riopelle, PhD, MSc, EDAC
Executive Lead

Kent brings a wide range of professional experience to his work, which focuses on pre-design planning—bridging the gap between operations and facility planning and design. Highly valued for his interpersonal skills, he helps healthcare systems visualize and optimize workflow in complex environments. With deep expertise in health services planning, clinical workflow redesign, hospital functional planning, facility processes redesign, lean healthcare planning, organizational and change management, and process and quality improvement, Kent leads healthcare organizations through the process of developing work spaces that meet their operational goals. Prior to joining Blue Cottage, Kent was a process improvement consultant with the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) in Vancouver, where he led new and improved healthcare processes across eight agencies. Kent received his Doctorate of Science degree in Medical Systems Engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich, Switzerland, his Master of Science degree in Systems Ergonomics from Loughborough University in Loughborough, UK, and his Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology from the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Health Sciences. Kent received his Evidence-based Design Accreditation and Certification from the Center for Health Design.

Kent's Latest Entries

Attending from Blue Cottage will be Kent Riopelle and Kevin Allard.  — About HLTH — We’re creating an all-inclusive, long overdue forum for the healthcare ecosystem: A place where the ‘hard’ conversations take place and – Learn More –

Blog Entry

Just outside of downtown Corner Brook, Newfoundland, Western Health is breaking new ground by taking a Lean-led approach to pre-design and conceptual design planning for the New Western Memorial Regional Hospital (NWMRH). Using the “Big Room” framework as the basis for the planning effort, Western Health embarked on a state-of-the-art approach to hospital facility planning that maximizes evidence based-design, opportunities for team interaction and collaboration, user buy-in and engagement and ownership, thought generation and innovation. With an eye on developing a healthcare system that functions as a whole, Western Health is striving to develop efficient, effective, and value driven solutions that aim ... - Read More -


“LEAN: Improving Flow and Efficiencies in Existing and New Builds,” with Kent Riopelle (speaker). — About Key Elements of Delivering Good Design: Maximizing Efficiencies & Improving Care From Planning to Operations — CCHF is pleased to – Learn More –

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